Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Plan B vote scheduled for tomorrow

The state Senate will be voting on the "Plan B" issue requiring all publicly-funded hospitals, including the four Catholic hospitals in Connecticut, to proved emergency contraception to sexual assault victims with no strings attached.

The Senate will possibly include an amendment to the bill allowing the hospitals to contract with an outside health care provider if they are still worried about the sketchy gray area (saying that Plan B may cause an abortion, although there are no credible studies that support it) they're trying to use as an excuse to not offer the treatment. The important thing is that assault victims are informed of their treatment options and given the opportunity to use Plan B to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

The bill is expected to pass easily. Additional details are in this article in the Hartford Courant.

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